Mirror mirror

A comparative review of two books: one, a journey inside an Arab-American family, the other, about life and loathing in Israel.

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 In a moment of letting his guard down, Max Blumenthal describes his own father, Sydney Blumenthal, as a White House “kind of insider… a senior aide to Bill Clinton.”

Najla Said, towards the end of her memoir of growing up in the US in the shadow of her famous Arab-American father, Edward Said, notes: “None of that has made me any less of an Upper West Side princess.”

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